On the blog today, how about a 1973 “not so missing” card for Pete LaCock, who appeared in the first five games of his major league career during the 1972 season:
LaCock went 3-for-6 at the plate with four runs batted in during his
brief action, with a stolen base and three runs scored. Dang, that is
quite the “hello” to the Big Leagues.
The son of former TV personality Peter Marshall, he appeared in eleven
games for the Chicago Cubs the following year, hitting .250 with four
hits over 16 at-bats, driving in three runs, before coming back in 1974
with 35 games, hitting .182 with twenty hits in 110 at-bats.
In 1975 he’d finally get some real action in the Majors when he played
in 106 games, hitting .229 with 57 hits in 249 at-bats, hitting six
homers and driving in 30.
He would end up putting in nine years in the Big Leagues, splitting his
career between the Cubs and Kansas City Royals, collecting 444 hits and
batting .257 over 715 games.
Never truly a full-time player, the most action he’d see in any one
season was 1979 when he played in 132 games, collecting 113 hits (the
only time he went 100+ in a season), while hitting .277 over 453 plate
He capped off his pro career with a year in Japan during the 1981
season, playing for Taiyo and hitting .273 over 90 games before
retiring, still only 29 years of age.